Dr. Joshua Goldman (Medicine) presented his work, "The Power of Periosteum & the Role of the Medial Femoral Condyle Free Flap in Treatment of Osteoradionecrosis of the Mandible," to a crowd of international attendees at this year's American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM) annual meeting. Osteoradionecrosis affects 5-15 percent of patients receiving radiation to the jaw, usually as a result of H&N cancer of the oral cavity or jaw. This work aims to leverage the regenerative properties of periosteum and microsurgical techniques to address the challenging pathophysiology of osteoradionecrosis. The clinical research is proof-of-concept for the potential to utilize these regenerative techniques in personalized care for patients requiring oncologic or other complex tissue reconstruction.
He also presented "Cervical Spine and Craniovertebral Junction Reconstruction with a Vascularized Fibula Free Flap: A Case Report, Systematic Review, and Meta-Analysis." The discussed case also was awarded "Best Save" (a top honor) in a separate session. Failure of cervical spine hardware in the setting of vertebral body resection can be dire, if not fatal. Goldman's meta-analysis outlined important surgical pearls and delineates the success rates of vascularized bone transfers in the reconstruction of advanced cervical spine and skull base defects.
At the same conference, he presented his work on the role of social media in public perception of the scope of plastic and reconstructive surgery. Titled "#Microsurgery," the presentation addressed the changing landscape of marketing within plastic surgery and the opportunity available to educate, entertain, and collaborate with a focus on ethical and legal use of social media platforms. Goldman sits on the American College of Surgeons Committee on Ethics and the Association for Healthcare Social Media Best Practices Committee. He is passionate about guiding the ethical use of social media by physicians and trainees.